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Getting Pregnant with Irregular Periods

Irregular menstruation (or irregular cycles/periods) is an abnormal variation in length of menstrual cycle in a woman. Normally, it is actually unusual for a woman to experience cycle length variations of less than four days between the shortest and longest cycle lengths. However, length variation between eight and 20 days is considered as moderately irregular cycles. Variation of 21 days or more is considered very irregular. Alternatively, an irregular menstruation period may be defined as one shorter than 21 days, or longer than 36 days.

It's actually normal for women to experience irregular cycles occasionally. Stress or illness can cause a delay in ovulation or menstruation, causing your cycle to be longer, and sometimes shorter, than usual. One or two periods a year that is "off" isn't something to be worried about. However, if your cycles are often irregular, or you've got quite a long time between menstrual cycles, you should see your doctor for an evaluation.

Irregular periods may be a sign of anovulatory cycle where ovulation is not taking place. If you're not ovulating, you can't get pregnant. Irregular periods may also be a symptom of PCOS. Irregular periods may result due to subtle hormonal imbalance. Being overweight or underweight may also interfere with the ovulation and hence the regularity of menstrual cycle.

Irregular periods can make conceiving a little difficult but that does not mean one won’t be able to get pregnant naturally. First and foremost thing to be done is to fix an appointment with a gynecologist and get yourself diagnosed properly for hormonal levels as well as other possible reasons of irregular period like PCOS or your body weight.

Reduction or increase in the body weight as per the requirement, may in itself be a treatment for some and with the body achieving its ideal weight may result in automatic improvement in the menstrual cycle. Treatment with ovulation stimulating drugs and hormonal replacement therapy may be helpful in most cases. Controlling the symptoms of PCOS may again be of help for many women.

The usual recommended time to try to get pregnant before getting help is one year, if you're under age 35, and six months of trying if you're age 35 or older. Your doctor can run some simple blood tests to see if you are ovulating or not. If your blood work indicates that you are ovulating, and you're not over 35, you might want to keep trying to get pregnant on your own for a bit longer.

If you are ovulating, you'll need to make a special effort at recognizing the signs of ovulation, so you can time sex better for pregnancy. If you are not ovulating, you will need fertility medication to help boost your ovulation.

While it's sometimes possible to get pregnant on your own with irregular cycles, you should not ignore abnormal menstrual cycles. It's important to get checked out by your doctor, to confirm nothing serious is going on. There is no harm in seeking help and live a better life.


Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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